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Python in your browser

 

Without installing: online Python - requires javascript-enabled browser. Please don't abuse this site - if you want to use Python for experimenting, install it.

 

Install Python

 

  • On Windows: you need to download and install it (double-click to run downloaded .exe file - the installer).
  • On Mac: I have no idea if it is installed by default (please tell me). If not, install it using standard Mac methods.
  • On Linux: Python is installed by default on all distros I know about. If not, follow install guide for your distribution.
  • Python on Live CD: You can also download and burn UbuntuLiveCD and run python directly from it (and later use it to install Ubuntu).
  • Python IDE: On Linux, you may want to install IDLE - simple Python IDE. On Windows, it is included in installer.

 

Check Installed Python

 

  • Open terminal window and type 'python', or
  • Find Python IDE (called IDLE) in program menu and run it.

 

Experimenting with Python

 

 

  • Read Instant Hacking - quick and to the point. Requires little experience previous Introduction. Copy-paste examples, and try to change them a little. And do exercises.

 

First Python Book

Excellent online books with basics (no object oriented programming to get you confused):

Dick Baldwin's tutorial - the best, with good explanations at beginner level. Does not look pretty, but text is excellent.

Byte of Python

Python Tutorial at wikibooks: maybe little too simple: if Baldwin book is confusing, check explanation in wikibooks

Alan Gauld's book. Also good, covers also advanced topics (like OOP), but they are clearly marked.

 

For programmers with some experience: Dive Into Python by Mark Pilgrim

 

More books and reading:

 

  • Introduction to Programming at wikiversity - Simple 1-page intro about what programming is. Gives you a glimpse on CPU instruction - but just a glimpse.

 

Beginner's Guide has many good resources (also in languages other than English). Follow your own intuition, or try themin this order:

 

or any from non-programmers guide to python.

 

Let me know which one you picked, and how did you liked it.

 

How Python works

 

Python videos

http://showmedo.com/videos/python

 

Python cheatsheets

 

Both have more details than beginner need - limsi is under commons license, changeable.


(more is coming later)

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